Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cambodia Opens Korea-funded Aviation Training Facility

Cambodia’s Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) has opened in Phnom Penh.

The Korea Airports Corp. (KAC) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) teamed up in 2013 to provide Cambodia with facilities and education programs to train its future aviation experts.

KAC hopes the training center will enable Cambodians to train their own aviation safety managers and technicians without depending on overseas training programs.

“Civil aviation safety management requires sophisticated control and technology both from within the aircraft and on the ground,” according to The Korea Times report.

“But many developing nations lack the knowhow and technology to train people for the job.

Air traffic control simulators are installed at the Civil Aviation Training Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. / ‘Korea Times’ photo by Jung Min-ho

“So the two [Korean] organizations’ world-class human resources were put toward helping Cambodia. They allocated a budget of 11 billion won ($10 million) to support the project.”

Citing the $600,000 that Korea received from the United Nations in 1984 to build its civil aviation training center, KAC President Sung Il-hwan said he was glad to “give back.”

“Korea was a beneficiary of such help 30 years ago. It is great that we finally gave it back to another country,” he said in a statement. “We want to continue to share our knowhow with more countries in Southeast Asia and Africa.”

Full story at The Korea Times.

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